GARFOR - A Visual Weather Map
Welcome to the CAA’s newest online tool for helping you understand the weather on your flight – the GARFOR, or Graphical ARFOR.
This tool helps you to translate the coded forecasts into a picture.
From the ARFOR and forecast you enter:
- the wind at altitude,
- the surface winds,
- your minimum safe heights,
- the cloud base, tops and type,
- any present weather, and
There are lots of symbols to represent weather and cloud, just select which one you want, where to put it, and move it around if you need to. The wind is depicted graphically so you can easily see its direction and speed.
The opening screen will ask you to fill in some basic details of your flight:
- type of flight,
- morning and evening civil twilight,
- freezing level,
- start and end time of your GARFOR,
- number of sectors, and
- number of locations.
On the next screen you will be asked to fill in some information for each of the locations you have chosen to include.
- minimum flight height,
- surface wind, and
This brings you to the main GARFOR where you can populate the grid with cloud and precipitation symbols, fill in the winds at altitude and check the level of the cloud against your minimum flight height.
Once you have finished putting in all your data, you can lock the picture and take it with you on your mobile device or print it out.
Don’t forget to evaluate any differences you encounter during your flight to figure out why the actual conditions were different from the forecast.
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